So I’m guessing everyone knows that classic jam slice that has a layer of raspberry jam sandwiched between a layer of biscuit-type thing and layer of coconutty-stuff? Exactly, you know what I’m talking about! Yeah, well as a (unqualified) food snob, I always wrote that recipe off as rubbish – well, not rubbish, but just not worth my while. I mean, how good could it really be, it’s got jam in it, they’re not even real raspberries! It’s boring and simple (wow, I am a snob).
Oh but how wrong could I be? Apparently, very, very wrong. I made it a few times, with some disdain, only by request, and eventually actually ate some of it – my goodness it was good! I couldn’t quite believe how good it was (my mother can attest to this – I think I looked shocked and just said “wow” over and over for about 5 minutes, then proceeded to keep eating more of it!).
Now, I think the key to making it really good is in the ratio of the layers and the quality of jam, but nevertheless, it’s a brilliant creation! So, obviously, I wanted to bake it again, and I did. But I also wanted to reinvent it. I wanted to see what else you could do with such an impressive, easy slice.
Now, you might be aware that I have a constant supply of apples in my house at the moment – what can I say, I love free things! So the obvious choice was an apple slice. From there the idea grew until I had basically created a slice version of apple crumble. I’m pretty happy with it. But to tell the truth, as a (somewhat proud) perfectionist, I need to keep improving it!! But here’s the basic recipe:
Apple Crumble Slice
3 green apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp brown sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup self-raising flour
2/3 cup plain flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
60g butter, melted
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cups coconut
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped roasted almonds
2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 160C fan-forced and line a rectangular slice tin, about 20cm x 30cm.
- Start with the apples – place sliced apples into a small pan with the water and brown sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until the apples are very soft.
- Add cinnamon and stir vigorously to break up the apples. Set aside to cool.
- Beat butter, sugar and egg in an electric mixer until combined. Add flours and mix on lowest speed until combined.
- Spread the mixture over the base the tin and bake for 10 minutes. The slice will still be blond at this point, not too brown.
- As the slice cooks, make the topping by combining the egg, butter, caster sugar, coconut, oats, almonds and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well.
- Remove the tin from the oven and spread the base with jam. Now add the topping as evenly as you can.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes or until browned on top. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin before removing to cool completely.